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Ghana's Skeleton Racer Akwasi Frimpong Might Be PyeongChang's Most Unlikely Olympian

The PyeongChang Olympics have already given us our share of comebacks and improbable stories. But Ghana’s Akwasi Frimpong’s stands out.

Frimpong is only the second-ever Ghanaian to compete in the Winter Olympics and the first to compete in the death-defying sport of skeleton, where sliders streak down a course at speeds of more than 100 km/h.

His athletic journey began in the Netherlands, where, at age eight he moved as an undocumented immigrant. As a teenager Frimpong was a gifted sprinter, even winning the Dutch junior national title at 200 metres. His athletic abilities found him a sp…
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